The Making of Korean Christianity
Protestant Encounters with Korean Religions, 1876-1915
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Baylor University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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It used to be that those of us from the global North who study world Christianity had to work hard to make the case for its relevance. Why should thoughtful people learn more about Christianity in places far away from Europe and North America? The Christian religion, many have heard by now, has more than sixty percent of its adherents living outside of Europe and North America. It has become a hugely multicul-...
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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Korean Protestant Christianity has been known for two things: rapid growth and conservative theological orientation. American evangeli-calism has been regarded as a driving force to that effect since the arrival of the first medical missionary to Korea, Horace N. Allen (1858–1932), in 1884, during Japanese colonial rule in 1910–1945, and in the post-war period of the North–South division since 1953. Already by 1900 ...
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Christianity was introduced to the world, as common property of all the world, under Oriental forms and as the blossoming and full perfection of a religion purely Oriental. Japanese, Chinese, and Korean thinkers have assured me that to the Oriental mind there is not only no difficulty what-ever in Christianity but that it is all marvelously simple to them, and that ...
— 1 —God
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They [Koreans] have first to learn that in coming to God they must believe that “He is,” and that He has sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the Savior of the world. This, therefore, is the first lesson to be learnt by those whose belief in the spiritual world is confined to a belief in ghosts and evil spirits and the efficacy of sacrifices offered at the ...
— 2 —Saviors
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After the wars [the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905] numerous people discarded lands and houses, left ancestors’ tombs, endured endless sufferings in order to find the so-called sipsŭngjiji 十勝之地 [ten auspicious places] and finally died Why were numerous people wandering deep into the mountains to find an imagined holy land in turn-of-the-twentieth-century ...
— 3 —Spirits
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...귀신 , Koui-sin, 鬼神 . Génie: les dieux; les diables; démon; mauvais génies. 귀신 l. 鬼神 (귀신) (귀신) . Spirits; demons. See 신 . In his English-Korean Dictionary printed in 1890, Horace G. Under-wood, the first American clerical missionary to Korea, defined a “witch” as “무당 , 무녀 , 마슐녀편녜 , 요슐녀편녜 ” (mudang, sorceress, wretch of magic, and wretch of witchcraft).1 Like Korean ...
— 4 —Ancestors
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Did all the sages who had died without knowing the Jesus doctrine fall into hell? . . . We believe that if any person in the past had done only good In the issue of ancestor veneration, most historiography has depicted Korean Protestantism as having adopted a policy of strict prohibition instead of tolerance and enculturation. Although in the late 1930s, the majority of the Protestant churches accepted Shinto shrine worship not ...
— 5 —Messages
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As the God-men relationship stands primary, the five relationships come secondary and thus in due order. This is like the foundation of a house, on which all the pillars and rafters should be built, and then the house becomes safe and strong. The five relationships are like precious pearls, which have no flaw. The primary relationship is like a golden string on ...
— 6 —Rituals
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Now Koreans say [to the missionaries], “Some of you go back to John Calvin, and some of you to John Wesley, but we can go back no further During the Great Revival Movement (hereafter GRM) of 1903– 1908, indigenous Christian rituals and spirituality developed within Korean Protestantism, and a group of Korean leaders emerged. Repented, reconciled, spirit-filled, and empowered Korean Christians participated ...
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Korea has been called the surprise of modern missions. The rapid rise of a church community now approximating 300,000, the early natural-ization of Christianity in the Korean environment, and its expression in distinctive and original national forms have challenged the attention of World Christianity has migrated across cultural, ethnic, national, and religious boundaries. A study of the nativization of Protestant ...
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Page Count: 437
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in World Christianity
Series Editor Byline: Joel Carpenter, series editor